A Cappella Society

Aims and Objectives:
1. Provide support to the A Cappella groups
2. Help foster inter-group socialisation
3. Improving inter-uni group interactions

Based around voices-only singing and with over 100 members and 5 different performing groups, we are one of the biggest, fastest growing and most diverse music societies on campus. Our groups vary greatly in style: from award-winning contemporary groups like the all-female Sweet Nothings, to classical groups like Harmonics, to larger groups like Take Note, we have something for everyone.

As part of our new membership system, anyone can now instantly become a full member for just £20. If you decide to join a group, there is a further fee of £5 for each group you join, which is only charged after you’ve passed auditions and joined the group fully.

Whether you end up joining one of our groups or not, becoming a member of the society lets you be part of our growing community, and gives access to the fantastic socials and musical workshops we host. To join one of our groups, visit our stall at the Freshers’ Fair, or get in contact with one of the group reps listed below. Some groups may hold a second set of auditions later in the year, so don't feel like you've missed your chance to get involved if you didn't sign up during Freshers.

Here’s a quick rundown of our groups:

The Bluebelles: The Bluebelles are Exeter’s jazziest a cappella group! Despite only forming in 2013, the girls are known for vintage twists on modern music and the herculean musical medley that features 56 musicals in 12 minutes! You cannot miss their 2017 music video, ‘The Sound of Musicals’ (including 37 musicals in 6 minutes) that went viral with over half a million views in 36 hours on the Facebook page Theatre Nerds. The Bluebelles have already competed twice in the quarterfinals of the ICCAs, the semi-finals of Voice Fest UK, and have had three hugely successful runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, for which they have received five-star reviews. The girls also released a single ‘Love on Top’ in 2016 which can be found on spotify. This year, The Bluebelles will record more music, and another video, as well as performing around the university and city, competing at a national and international level and will be returning to the Edinburgh Fringe. Keep up to date on the girls’ social media!

Contact: Becca Davis, bluebellesacappella@gmail.com

Harmonics: Harmonics, a mixed A Cappella group, is comprised of talented singers from all over the University of Exeter. Ranging from 12-18 members throughout the year, we aim to create and perform high quality classical and contemporary music, and do this throughout the University and the city of Exeter itself. 

Contact: hello@exeterharmonics.com

Illuminations: Founded in 2011, Illuminations are Exeter’s contemporary mixed a cappella group and have become a staple part of the University’s prestigious a cappella scene over recent years. They have amassed an impressive résumé with three consecutive ICCA appearances, including reaching the UK finals in 2017, appearing on Sky 1's Sing: Ultimate A Cappella as well as having three successful runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival! Illuminations have now released two EP's, "Illuminations" and "Ignite" which showcase their talent and can both be found on Spotify and other streaming platforms. They have released two very successful music videos, "The Sound of Silence" which has amassed over 32k views across YouTube and Facebook, and "Gengis Khan/Sugar" in 2019. Illuminations' eclectic repetoire includes songs ranging from Imagine Dragons to Beyonce, Panic! At the Disco and Muse. This year, Illuminations will continue to compete at an international level, return to Edinburgh Fringe and hope to put on a range of shows in and around Exeter so keep an eye on all their socials!

Contact: Cat Blanchfield, exeterilluminations@gmail.com

Sweet Nothings: Formed in 2006, Sweet Nothings are Exeter’s premier all-female A Cappella group. Boasting a wide repertoire ranging from Hall & Oates to Ed Sheeran and Beyonce, these girls have gone from strength to strength in the past few years. They appeared on BBC’s The Choir, and regularly compete in National and International Competitions. In 2017 they reached the Final of the Voice Festival UK, winning awards for Best Solo and Outstanding Choreography and Stagecraft. More recently, they released one of their two charity music videos, a cover of Sia’s Chandelier which can be found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pEP_l_ci4k . Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, and Snapchat for regular updates.

Contact: Lucy Hucker, exetersweetnothings@live.com

Take Note: The university's only non-auditioned A Cappella group! Take Note sings a wide variety of songs from pop to musical theatre and lots in between, ensuring there is something for everyone. With weekly rehearsals, a variety of social events and several performances each term, the group is an ideal place to meet like-minded people and enjoy singing in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. At the 2019 Awards Ball we were recognised for four awards: Best Arrangement, Work in the Community, Most Improved, and Best Soloist, showing just how special Take Note is. New members are always welcome!

Contact: Becka Spratt, rjs256@exeter.ac.uk

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